1.UMVIM is an approved United Methodist ministry.

2. The mission projects are vetted and screened.

3. Volunteer teams can continue their relationship with the project site they served at via The Advance and missionaries.

4. All are welcome to serve.

5. Training, forms, insurance, etc. available

6. It's simple. Contact umvimwj@hotmail.com to get started!

Faith in Action

Faith in Action

Monday, July 11, 2011



First UMC Bakersfield to Vava'n, Tonga – July 17 - 30
Richard Thompson leads and serves with Jenna Adelaide Hicks, Ofa Thompson, Aaron Thompson, Frederick Cremer III, Mark Thompson, Sue Hope Presccott Kavinoky and Larry Kavinoky of Bakersfield First UMC.

Salinas – First UMC / Univ. of CA. Irvine Team to the Philippines – July 18 – Sept. 17
Mayen Villanueva of Salinas – FUMC leads and serves with Sarah Grabarsky, Brian Sanchez and Joy Anne Nicolas.

Multi - Church Team to Fiji – July 23 – August 16
Jackie Kawashima leads and serves with Edward Bailey, Virginia Bailey, Don Kawashima, Jeffrey Oldham and Mona Otomori of San Jose - Wesley UMC, Virisila Batiratu of Sacramento - Centennial UMC, Elena Bennett of Rancho Cordova UMC, Gary Lee and Janet Lee of San Jose - Westminster Presbyterian and David Orland of Foothill UMC.

Multi - Church Medical Team to Guatemala – July 29 – August 7
Doug McLeod and Betsy McLeod lead and serve with Maribeth Sayre and Sidney Lee of Concord - Concord UMC, Judith Schlager, Wolfgang Schlager and Phil Warner of Carson City - FUMC, Kristin Mejia of Carson City - Catholic Church, Edward Stieglitz of San Diego - Leo Apolistic Church, Iris Fluitt and Georgia Fluitt of Carson City - Lifepoint, Sungho Rech of Mt. Sterling - Mt. Sterling UMC, Kelly Dunham, David Meier, Natilie Hemmerich, Amy Pang, Lilian Taylor and Glenn Taylor of Alamo - San Ramon Valley UMC, and James Morris of Navarre - St Pauls UCC.

Alamo San Ramon Valley UMC Team to S.L.C. Utah UMCOR Depot – July 31 – August 7
Paul Kuelz leads and serves with Laura Ashton, Catherine Cooper, Joanna Donatelli, Sam Hawk, Gentry Higgins, Molly Huff, Alison Kuelz, Jessica Kuelz, Thomas Mannell, Logan Nicco, Haley Pihowich, Sarah Pihowich, Nick Rossi, Kate Steffy and Devon Drake of Alamo
San Ramon Valley UMC.

San Ramon Valley – JulyWarren McGuffin of Alamo - San Ramon Valley UMC leads the Haiti Food Program to feed 150 children a noon meal in the Methodist school in Thomas, Haiti. Steve Elliot of Asbury UMC participates. Consider inviting Warren to speak at your church about this important mission (warren@mcguffincom).

St. Marks Sacramento UMC – July
Bill Borah commits to extended mission volunteer status in Haiti with Methodist Missionaries to help run projects building 40 houses for EMH (the Haiti Methodist Church), building 300 houses that is a partnership between UMCOR and Habitat for Humanity, and other recovery projects in Haiti

Asbury UMC – July
Bruce Campbell leads mission efforts in Haiti to provide composting toilets, starting in July, at the Methodist School in Thomas, Haiti and with the UMCOR 40 house project. Joining Bruce are Alisa Keesey of Give Love, based in Santa Cruz and Chuck Johnston of Asbury UMC.

Central Luzon Annual Conference Methodist Church Philippines – July
Edna Andres starts a mission project here to collect hymnals and other worship materials for Methodist churches in the Philippines.

Hillsdale UMC – July
Beth Cademartori starts her role as Mission Intern to the Cal-Nev Annual Conference focused on the Disaster Ministry for our conference with Norm Harden of Santa Rosa First UMC and Phil Bandy.

Potter Valley UMC – July
Diane Knox leads her congregation to start hosting volunteers coming to their church on painting, carpentry, roofing and other projects and ministries.

La Trinidad UMC – July
Brenda Vaca leads her congregation to start hosting volunteers coming to their church to work on replacing a fence and other projects and ministries.

North Gold Circuit – July
Susan Kopp leads her congregations and the local community to start hosting volunteers coming to the historic mountain UMC churches in Sierra City, Downieville, and North San Juan.

Un-named Mission Volunteers –
JulyPray for those in our fellowship who are not named and who will also this month take their service work out into the world around us. The church has left the building. Praise be to God.


There will be two Early Responder Team (ERT) trainings in Cal-Pac. One August 5, 2011 at Glendale First UMC and another at Murrieta UMC on August 6, 2011. Both will be from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The cost is $15 for the training, training manual and lunch. In addition, there is a $40 fee for the required background check. If you are interested please contact Heather Wilson at 818.333.6730 or umvimwj@hotmail.com to register.